This past weekend we had a visitor in the way of a black lab with a red collar in our yard. I had heard the pups barking and when I went to check, there was Macy acting all tough barking at the dog BUT she was at the door...what a chicken. Then we have Kizzy, our hunter, our protector, she was bopping up and down trying to chase the dog out of HER yard. How do you bop and run but she does.
I thought the lab was gone but I couldn't find my hubby anywhere either. I went looking and hollering...nothing. Then he came back and told me that he knew if I went out I would go around the neighborhood and try to find the owner and so he thought he may as well just do it since he was already out. Our neighbor was out and he has a golf cart and so they got the dog in and road off.
Jay said the dog was well behaved. They thought they might know who owned the dog but when they arrived at that neighbors house, his dog was there. So off they went. They came to house with two gents rocking on the front porch and the one man thought it was his chocolate lab that has been missing but this dog is definitely black. The other older gentleman says, "that looks like Drake, " and the pups ears perked up. He said he belonged to the neighbor behind him.
So Drake had decided to take an adventure and cross a main road and work his way around our neighborhood. He was lucky...real lucky that he didn't get hit.
Now this post isn't without at least one picture, so bear with me.
Hubby aka Jay, decided to clean out the gutters where we believe a squirrel or squirrels were living and clogging it up. The last good rain we had was just pouring over the sides of the gutter instead and we needed to find out the cause before we got slammed again with a down pour.
He found a nest with three baby squirrels. We are talking pretty new baby squirrels with no fur and eyes closed and crying. Let me tell you they have lungs.
Initially he put them in a 5 gal. bucket with some of the leaves and things the mama made the nest out of. I had absolutely no idea what to do with them or how to take care of them, so I started calling Nature Centers and eventually was led to a site: Wildlife Rehabilitators and Rescue Group. There was a gal who took in baby squirrels, imagine that. She told me what to do...Pedialyte with an eye dropper for the electrolytes every 60 - 90 minutes. Make sure to keep them warm by not only wrapping them in a towel or blanket but with a heating pad underneath because they have no fur to warm the towel.
Took a heating pad and wrapped a towel around it and set it on med. then set a box on top with a towel in it, laid the little squirts (about 3"long) on that with a hand towel over them. After they got warm I took the serious task at hand to feed them. They cried but that was good, their little mouths opened and they started sucking on the eye dropper. They were dehydrated a little and their skin was getting pink again.
So without further adieu: Lucy, Ethel and Fred (pretty sure the middle one is a boy...don't ask)
One daughter wanted one, one daughter thought they were gross and one daughter went, "aw."
We kept them for the night since the lady couldn't get them until the next day.
We were starting to cave and think we might like to raise them, then I came to my senses and realized I have a hunter named, Kizzy, who is constantly chasing after the squirrels when she goes outside. Could you just imagine what our house would look like...perish the thought.
So...if ever you find some baby squirrels, you now know what to do or email me.